manipulation of HTML elements on a Web page. Without jQuery, developers can
still access all the elements in the Document Object Model, but jQuery makes it
much quicker and easier.
jQuery initially was created in early 2006, and has become popular with Web
developers. On the other hand, for many years, Visual Studio has been extremely
popular with ASP.NET developers, but was
ASP.NET primarily focused on server-side
In fact, although Microsoft never explicitly discouraged client-side
this set of APIs was a precursor to ASP.NET's
support for AJAX.)
Click here for an eWEEK Labs walk-through of using jQuery in Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.
That has changed with Visual Studio 2008, released Nov. 19, 2007, as Microsoft has
until recently, Visual Studio had no knowledge or understanding of third-party
libraries, even though most client-side Web development is now done with the
help of such third-party libraries.
However, that has changed as well. In September, Scott Guthrie, corporate
vice president for Microsoft's .NET
Developer Division, announced on his official blog that from now on Visual
Studio will have full support for jQuery.
In this article, I'm going to take the jQuery aspects of Visual Studio for a
spin and see what I find. I ran my tests on a Satellite U305 system powered by
an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz, with 2GB RAM, running
Windows Vista with Visual Studio 2008 and Internet Explorer 7.